All Time Best Rock Guitar Players Bands/Musicians
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All Time Best Rock Guitar Players

I have never played guitar. But I have listened to as much of it as any man my age, or at least any non-Guitar Center employee my age.

The common thread: just about everyone on this list has a totally recognizable, distinct sound. While all of them are incredibly talented, I am less biased towards technical virtuosity than uniqueness and feel (though I grew up on virtuoso hard rock guitarists, to be sure). Have uploaded a few videos (an insanely easy task on Ranker, thanks Paul), and will continue to add more.

While the majority of rocks's greatest guitarists came out of the classic rock era, it has been encouraging to see some new entries from recent years after a "guitar hero lull" in the 90s.Note that I am punishing some of my favorite guitar bands from sending representatives to this list - namely bands with 2 guitarists, particularly "dual leads" (except for Angus), though if the sum was equal to the parts bands like Maiden and Priest would be on here - at some point I will do an "addendum list" that adds guitar teams to the mix. It's the fair thing to do.
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  1. 1
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    #2 on the original list
    The Master. Literally didn't play a weak note on record for the entire Led Zeppelin run. Went ... more
  2. 2
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    #48 on the original list
    Never a more soulful player than Jerry.
  3. 3
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    #1 on the original list
    If he had lived a longer life, I am almost positive he would have been my #1.
  4. 4
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    #8 on the original list
    Over the years my appreciation of Mr David Gilmour just seems to grow and grow, so he's gotta ... more
  5. 5
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    #5 on the original list
    Come back, Eddie, come back!
  6. 6
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    #21 on the original list
    I had a picture of Blackmore in my locker in high school. Monster player and showman - who ... more
  7. 7
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    #37 on the original list
    Technically, nowhere near the equal of any of my top 20 or so. But Neil almost created the ... more
  8. 8
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    #24 on the original list
    Though not as flashy as Page or Blackmore, Iommi wrote an equal amount of monster riffs, and ... more
  9. 9
    No image
    #85 on the original list
    THE monster player of his generation - and perhaps the most diverse rock guitar hero of all ... more
  10. 10
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    #11 on the original list
    Part of me is shocked Knopfler made my Top 10 and I have a feeling I'm forgetting someone ... more
  11. 11
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    #91 on the original list
    Wow. Schenker would rank even higher if he had lasted longer in his prime before going off ... more
  12. 12
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    #16 on the original list
  13. 13
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    #47 on the original list
  14. 14
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    #20 on the original list
    Second only to Hendrix (with Page a close third) in "coolest looking guitarist" ... more
  15. 15
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    #3 on the original list
    Although these days he tends to use no more than 50% of his God-given talent (often less), ... more
  16. 16
    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    #88 on the original list
  17. 17
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    #4 on the original list
  18. 18
    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal More
    #61 on the original list
    By far the most original player of the alt-rock era. You've heard his playing in RATM of ... more
  19. 19
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    #83 on the original list
  20. 20
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    #19 on the original list
  21. 21
    Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal, Psychedelic rock More
    #175 on the original list
    The most underexposed Guitar God of alltime.
  22. 22
    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    #64 on the original list
    Check out this version of Derek and the Domines "Anyday" that Trucks and his wife do ... more
  23. 23
    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
  24. 24
    Rock music, Electronic music, Jazz fusion More
    Leader of the Mars Volta. A spectacularly talented and innovative player.
  25. 25
    Jazz More
    Ask The Ages is one of my top 3 alltime instrumental albums.

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